Scottish fish farm production survey 2017

Statistical news release

Marine Scotland Science today published the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2017. The publication details statistics on the employment and production from Scottish fish farms. It is structured to follow industry trends within the farmed Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout and other species sectors. Some statistics are given for the 21-year period 1997-2017.

The main findings are;

  • In 2017, production of Atlantic salmon increased by 26,890 tonnes (16.5%) to 189,707 tonnes. This is the highest ever level of production recorded in Scotland.
  • Production tonnage of rainbow trout decreased by 6% in 2017 to 7,637 tonnes.
  • Brown trout/sea trout production increased from 41 tonnes in 2016 to 61 tonnes in 2017. During 2017 there was also an increase in the production of cleaner fish (lumpsucker and wrasse) which are used as biological controls for parasites.

Notes for editors
1. The full statistical publication can be accessed at: 
2. The survey is compiled from data collected directly from authorised fish farming businesses
3. Official statistics are produced by professionally independent staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: 


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